Real Madrid’s trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were once the most fearsome attack force in world football and the French striker has confessed that he was the key that made the system work.
Benzema, alongside Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, formed a front line known as the BBC that lifted four Champions League titles in just five years.
Eternal rivals Barcelona at the time had the famous MSN – Messi, Suarez and Neymar – but it was Madrid’s BBC that conquered Europe.
Talking about the BBC, Benzema said: “You had a rocket (Gareth) and a goal scorer (Ronaldo), and then there was me, the piece that made it all work.”
“Here, the finisher was Cristiano. I played a different role. I was involved more in the construction of moves and trying to open up spaces. For me, he was the the best goal-scorer even if he played on the left. I moved away to open up space and let him score.”
Karim Benzema has been at Real Madrid for 10 years now and has the most appearances for the first team squad, after Sergio Ramos and Marcelo.
Benzema joined Los Blancos from Olympic Lyon, where he scored 66 goals and has banged in a few more since switching to the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, Benzema holds on with fondness to two special goals he was a part of in the Champions League that brought him two unforgettable moments in the tournament.
Firstly, his goal in the 2018 final against Liverpool: “I needed that goal. It was one of the best feelings I’ve had since I was little”.
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The other, his move against Atletico Madrid in the semi-final in 2017. “That’s how I define football. If I’m a fan who goes to the stadium, I’m going to see that, because there are always goals, but things like that don’t happen every day. In a game like that, against a rival like Atlético, for me it’s worth more than a goal. It’s the best thing I’ve done in the Champions League”.